Historical buildings in Kingston open their doors in a celebration of heritage

Photo by Jane Alexander Wedding Photography

Explore Kingston’s heritage this September for free, as the borough runs tours and opens its historical buildings to the public.

Kingston Council’s Heritage Service, The Kingston upon Thames Society and other heritage partners across the borough, are taking part in England's largest festival of history and culture. Heritage Open Days takes place between 6 and 16 September, and is followed by Open House weekend, the world's largest architecture festival, on Saturday 22 September.

For Heritage Open Days and Open House Weekend, there will be free guided tours of Kingston Museum & Library (on Wheatfield Way), and Kingston History Centre (on the site of the Guildhall).

The Kingston upon Thames Society will also be conducting tours of Guildhall ceremonial rooms on Saturday 8 September.

Other events taking place across the borough to mark these festivals include guided tours of Kingston and Surbiton, free entry to Dorich House, an opportunity to visit the historic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chessington, and a talk at John Lewis, Kingston, about the history of the business established in 1864 to present day.

This is the first year the Heritage Open Days festival will take place over two weekends to enable as many people to come and learn more about the borough’s rich history.

Cllr Malcolm Self, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for culture and heritage said: 

“These events provide a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the borough’s rich cultural history and explore these iconic buildings. We hope that many people can come along and enjoy these fantastic events organised by our heritage team and other local partners.”

To find out more about the events and tours taking place organised by Kingston Council and its local partners visit